Three months later, the 2020 contender has “upgraded” of sorts from simply lying about the Obama administration to now, amazingly enough, touting the administration’s own lies (of which there were many).
Case in point: Speaking at an AARP event in Iowa on Monday, the former partner in crime of America’s 44th president, Barack Hussein Obama, repeated nearly verbatim one of Obama’s most notorious lies.
“How many of you like your employer-based healthcare? Did you think it was adequate? If I come along and say finish, you can’t have it anymore — well, that’s what Medicare-for-All does,” he said.
“You cannot have it, period. … So I’d leave people the option. If you like your health care plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it. If in fact you have private insurance, you can keep it.”
The former VP had been defending his healthcare vision for America — which calls for “fixing” Obama’s Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) — by blasting his 2020 opponents’ healthcare plans, the vast majority of which call for implementing Medicare-for-All.
Were his opponents’ radical plans implemented, private insurance would indeed disappear, meaning that nobody would be allowed to keep their employer-based plan.
Biden clearly was hoping to ding his opponents Monday by highlighting this fact. The error he made however was in trying to highlight it by repeating Obama’s most notorious lie.
Prior to the implementation of the ACA, then-President Obama repeatedly promised the American people, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” Except this promise turned out to be such a whopper of a lie that it was rated the “Lie of the Year of 2013” by PolitiFact.
“It was a catchy political pitch and a chance to calm nerves about his dramatic and complicated plan to bring historic change to America’s health insurance system. … But the promise was impossible to keep,” the left-wing fact-checking website ruled in late 2013.
“So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong.”
“Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.’
“For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,’ the Lie of the Year for 2013.”
“You can keep your doctor remember that? 28 times that didn’t happen turned out to be a lie: hey. Where are the fact checkers?” – President Trump in El Paso last night.
“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it” was our 2013 Lie of the Year: https://t.co/QMsKuBGMlo
— PolitiFact (@PolitiFact) February 12, 2019
That Biden would repeat one of Obama’s own lies — and only months after he himself had lied to the American people — points to a level of incompetence that’s difficult to fathom. It’s as if he’s too old and senile, or perhaps just too egotistical, to realize how he sounds to the American people.
Biden is senile. That’s certainly the only reason he could be echoing the most notorious false promise of the ACA, while making a similar promise that he obviously can’t make for roughly the same reasons.. https://t.co/PjtCw3Ii3Z
— Glengarry, Glenn Danzig (@realArchStanton) July 16, 2019
Lie of the year, If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan you can keep your plan. -Barack Obama. Now you are just repeating his lies. WTF?
— Burl (@Burl70339079) July 16, 2019
no way you used the Barry Hussein line about ” if you like your plan you can keep it”…did you? LOLOLOLOL
— TC (@tonyc601) July 16, 2019
We already heard that lie once @JoeBiden right before the Obamacare tax hit our paychecks!!!
— ??Captain USA?? (@BustinStones) July 16, 2019
@JoeBiden will say anything! Just like hus “good buddy” Obummer! The man is senile! Listen to him speak. Oh my gosh, I fall asleep from boredom!
— Sarahlynn (@NvrEvrGvUp) July 16, 2019
And this comes only weeks after every candidate on stage — including Biden — raised their hand at the second Democrat presidential primary debate in late June after the moderators asked those candidates who support providing healthcare to illegal aliens to raise their hands.
This matters because it was Obama who claimed during a speech to Congress in 2009 that the ACA — the same healthcare plan Biden is now pushing (albeit in its “fixed” form) — would not lead to illegals obtaining healthcare insurance.
“There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” Obama had said.
At the time, then-Republican Rep. Joe Wilson attracted widespread, bipartisan criticism for interrupting this portion of the speech to yell, “You lie!”
Yet exactly ten years later, Biden rushed to raise his hand when asked about the prospect of providing healthcare to illegal aliens. This seems to point to yet another lie.
So does what the former VP said to CNN earlier this month.
“I think undocumented people need to have a means by which they can be covered when they’re sick,” he said at the time to network host Chris Cuomo. “And so the idea is that’s what I think we should be doing by building more clinics around the country. Not just for undocumented, for other people when they’re ill, when they’re sick. People need — this is just common decency.”
So which is it? Do illegals get healthcare, or do they not? And do the American people get to keep their current healthcare plan, or don’t they? Or is it possible that, much like with Obamacare, nobody will get to find out the truth until Biden’s plan is (if ever) actually signed into law?
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